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Aalto PRO Digital Summit

The Future of Trust – Keeping Secure in a Disruptive Change Environment

How do we keep ourselves, our companies and our society secure and trustworthy when so much is digitalized? 

Aalto PRO Digital Summit focuses on the future of trust by delving into topics around technological revolution, security, humanity, and emotional intelligence.

In a time of digital transformation, the business community and society as a whole must deal with complex and rapid changes, instability, and a flow of technological inventions. We have begun to understand the importance of trust as one of the cornerstones of resilient and responsible business and society. Technological solutions are enabling new ways of acting and working with each other. For us to trust in technologies, they must be secure, functional, and human.

Our time calls for digital leadership which is not only about the functionality and utility of technological solutions for business people but also about change management and the human and security aspects in both the business environment and society. The successful leaders of tomorrow will approach trust within digitalization as both an opportunity and a prerequisite for growth and innovation.

When change is the new constant – how do you keep up? Join us for a day of thought-provoking keynotes and discussions with peer professionals!

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Gain deeper insight into the importance of humanity and security in digitalization and incorporation of these in business and in society.

Network with peer professionals and get the latest insights on how to balance the human factor with technology in a disruptive change environment.

Plan for the future by understanding the connection between trust and a digitalized environment.



8.00 Registration Starts    
9.00 Seminar Opening    

Future of Humanity

Anne Pessi, Professor, University of Helsinki


Trust as a Human Experience

Katri Saarikivi, Project Manager, University of Helsinki

10.30 Break and Networking    

Trust in an Altered Security Environment

Jarno Limnéll

11.50 Afternoon Adventure Preparations    
12.00 Lunch    
13.00 Let's Play! Choose a path depending on your interest and prepare for a data razzmatazz!    

Ethical data usage

Learn how to survive in the data dungeon in the playground of Defend or Die.
Take a deep dive into the ethical use of technologies by looking into live cases!

Trust as an Enabler for a Fair Data Economy
Tiina Härkönen, Leading Specialist, Sitra

Ethical Use of Technologies
Raija Koivisto, Principal Scientist, VTT

Secure Hack Your Data

Human-oriented digitalization

Bubble bath your brain and make explosive mind sprints to the next level.
Be inspired by future leadership by joining a Thinkathon!

Non-negotiable Human Attributes in Digital Transformation
Esko Kilpi, CEO, Esko Kilpi Company

Technology-driven Changes Calling for Digital Leadership
Niina Nurmi, Professor, Aalto University

Security endowing change

Battle the darkness by fencing for right and wrong in an Orwellian world.
Use Design thinking methods to improve your performance!

Designing Digital and Human Working Life
Paula Bello, Senior Design Consultant, Livework Studio

Secure Pivoting Using New Technologies

15.15 Break and Networking    
15.45 End Game and Wrap-up-wrestle    
16.15 Cocktails and Mingle    
17.30 Event Ends but the Future Awaits!    



The following speakers are presenting in the Aalto PRO Digital Summit.
The list of speakers will be updated during the spring.

Paula Bello

Paula Bello is a Senior Design Consultant at Livework Studio and Doctor of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH (now Aalto University). Her doctorate investigated how globalization has affected design practices and the role that it plays as driver and mediator in a globalized world.

Paula Bello has extensive experience in various managerial roles within design. For the past seven years as design manager in a large corporation (rated by Forbes as in top 50 innovators in the world), she leads an international team tasked with building global design offerings for products and services.

Tiina Härkönen

Tiina Härkönen is a Leading Specialist at Sitra, working with the IHAN® project. Sitra’s project IHAN® aims to build the foundation for a fair and functioning data economy. The main objectives are to create a method for data exchange and to set up European level rules and guidelines for ethical use of data. With her work, she seeks to make the online world a better and safer place.

Previously, Tiina Härkönen has held Senior positions in marketing, communications, and business development in IT, telecom and logistics industries. Previous employers include Posti , OpusCapita, SAS Institute, Elisa Corporation, and Nokia.

Jarno Limnéll

Jarno Limnéll is a Professor of Practice in Cyber Security at Department of Communications and Networking at Aalto University. He is also the CEO of Tosibox Ltd.

He has been working with security issues for more than 20 years, and he has the profound understanding of the global threat landscape, combined with the courage to address the most complex issues.

Professor Limnéll holds a Doctor of Military Science degree in Strategy from the National Defense University in Finland; a Master of Social Science degree from Helsinki University; and an Officer's degree from the National Defense University. Professor Limnéll has published a comprehensive list of works on security issues. His most recent book is “Cybersecurity for decision-makers.”

Katri Saarikivi

Katri Saarikivi works as a researcher at University of Helsinki. She is a cognitive neuroscientist, researcher, team leader and co-founder of the NEMO project (Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction), which won the grand-prize in the science-based idea competition, Helsinki Challenge.

In her research, she explores the neural mechanisms behind empathy and fruitful interaction, particularly in digital environments. She is fascinated by social cognition, cognitive control, and how these functions emerge from the brain processes.

As an independent consultant and speaker, Saarikivi works with organizations on subjects like the future of work, digital work, connectivity, creativity, and human-centeredness. She hopes to bring relevant neuroscientific knowledge to organizations to support human interaction and learning, and thereby better value-creation.

Katri Saarikivi holds a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Helsinki.


In the summit, you will hear insights from experts in the field of leadership, security, psychology, and digitalization. After the program, you will understand the importance of trust management and how companies, people and society form an environment of trust in this digitalized era. During the summit, we will dig deeper into how trust is experienced and discuss the potential of technological solutions in times of disruptive change.

Gain a deeper understanding of how to maintain a balance between humans, security and technology
Gain insights into how to manage trust as part of a prosperous business and resilient society
Understand the impact of successfully combining human creativity with digital solutions


Aalto PRO Digital Summit is designed for experts, leaders, and executives seeking new and effective ways of improving business alongside digital solutions. 

Participants are open-minded and curious about viewing subjects from different angles and wish to challenge themselves and develop as leaders in a world of changing markets. It will interest all those who aim for a greater sense of security, digital leadership and the power of the human.

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